Trappist Westvleteren Blonde | Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

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Trappist Westvleteren BlondeTrappist Westvleteren Blonde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Belgium
sintsixtus.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Green Cap)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
899
Reviews:
441
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
9.88%
 
 
Wants:
478
Gots:
157
For Trade:
5
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Photo of yaron73
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A bottle from "De Biertempel" store in Brussels.

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of delgotit99
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfox405
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sean32
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dreyski
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, pale gold. Aroma is forward with flowery citrus and coriander, and the taste adds yeast, grain, and clove.

Missing some of the fruity/funky complexity of other trappists, but the sheer well-roundedness makes this a truly exemplary representative of the style. Totally lacks any of the unpleasant, metallic tang that some tripels/belgian styles suffer at colder temperatures. This extenuates the mouthfeel, which evades all of my pretentious, fabric-based metaphors.

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Photo of bdstuart
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CPAles
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 911CROFT
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into the appropriate Westvleteren branded chalice. Paid £9.00 for a single.

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden-yellow body, with a modest amount of lively visible carbonation. A two-finger in height, dense, creamy, white coloured head with excellent retention, slowly reduces to a thick film and collar, leaving behind only small dots of lace.

Lemony citrus and a soft, floral, perfume-like character primarily lead the light and delicate, yeast driven nose. Semi-sweet, crisp, grainy pale malts are noticeable underneath, while traces of clove, pepper and faintly grassy, earthy, hay-like hop profiles become perceptible towards the back-end. Taste follows almost exactly, leading upfront with a subtle mixture of semi-sweet candied lemon peel, fragrant lemongrass and waxy preserved lemon-like impressions. Touches of vinous and orchard fruit follow, with suggestions of unripe apple, pear and white grape vaguely found above a mildly sweet, but dry and crisp pale malt backbone. Mid-palate, touches of hop bitterness and gentle spice begin to build. Clove, pepper and lightly medicinal phenols combine with greater grassy, earthy and hay-like hop bitterness. In the mouth, a medium body and lively, but not aggressive carbonation give a feel that starts slick, smooth and creamy, quickly becoming crisp and finishing with powdery dryness. After the swallow, delicate spices linger momentarily, before bitter grassy hop profiles add a quick and clean bite of mild astringency. On the very end, hints of lemony citrus and traces of residual malt manage to bring the flavour profile round full-circle, but still finish closer to bitter than sweet.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Subtle, delicate and incredibly well crafted, it expertly delivers huge complexity and depth whilst remaining light, crisp and extremely refreshing. Hop bitterness towards the back-end is perhaps a little more pronounced than expected, but rather than detract from taste, the light astringency it brings only serves to increase drinkability even further. Recommended.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle undated.

L: hazy via yeast straw color with no retention of head and no lacing

S: yeast and spices like cloves, allspice, banana peel

T: tends to follow nose. yeasty and spicy, lots of clove and a little bit of citrus and banana action

F: light to medium body, medium carbonation. very good balance and construction on this blond ale.

O: A very good blond ale, with a nice feel.

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Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of logicalparadox
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of epyon396
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably needed to be drunk fresher than this - 2016 cap date

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Out of he bottle. 10/29/16 cap date.

Straw color. Nice thin head.

Nicely balanced nose of bread yeast, clove, and a little banana.

Taste is a bit more muted than the nose. Same flavors as the nose but a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel is terrific for low ABV. Great carbonation and just smooth start to finish.

Best in class for the Belgium blondes I've had to this point.

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Photo of mig100
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chossboss
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of novamat
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ocmiteddy
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle received in a trade or a razzle or some shit, I dunno.

This one pous a slightly hazy golden orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like the Belgian countryside. Wow. Light honey, sweet grassiness, a little bit of clove- simple but delectable aroma.

As blonds/Belgian pale ales go, this is basically flawless- it's perfectly constructed. Everything is in harmony- nice honey character, a little bit of grassiness on the finish, restrained clovey Belgian yeast in between. I may get some white grape here or something. This is essentially beer distilled to its finest and more pure form, it's just unbelievable. I can't believe I'm geeking out this hard about a blonde ale.

This has a good level of carbonation for the style, with a fluffy mouthfeel.

Wow, man. This is absolutely incredible. Nearly flawless stuff. Beer at its finest.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vidisad
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.25 out of 5 based on 899 ratings.
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